Jed York, 49ers CEO, backs Jim Harbaugh's quaterback decision

Published: Dec. 7, 2012 at 12:48 p.m

San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York is excited about a lot of things.

One thing that doesn't excite him is his team's quaterback debate: Alex Smith or Colin Kaepernick?

"I'm excited that we're leading the NFC West," York said Thursday to "I'm excited that we're winning football games. This is a very difficult business to be in, and I'm glad that I have somebody like Coach (Jim) Harbaugh to make tough decisions for me."
Harbaugh, who picked Kaepernick to remain as the starter after Smith was knocked from the lineup due to a concussion on Nov. 11, has been facing scrutiny for the decision. But one person who has not questioned the decision is the team's 31-year-old CEO.
"Coach Harbaugh is going to make the decisions on the field," York said. "And if you want your owner and CEO to make your calls on the field, then you're probably cheering for the wrong team.
"It's Coach Harbaugh's decision. He's the head coach of the 49ers, and I trust him to make the decisions that we need to make in order to do what we can to win."
The 49ers (8-3-1) are 1.5-games ahead in the NFC West over the Seattle Seahawks with four regular-season games to play. They next play the Miami Dolphins (5-7) at home.